Monday, May 3, 2010

On the Street……Little Bit of Sparkle, Milano

A hard-drive crashed on me, and I thought I had lost this shot.

Originally, I stopped this woman because I loved her salt & pepper hair. It wasn’t until we began speaking that I noticed the very subtle bit of sparkle on her cheeks; such an unexpected touch for a Milanese lady, like this.

It wasn’t until even later, when I was working on the image at the hotel, that I noticed the smudge of sparkle on her earlobe. This lady is chic.


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  1. Saffron

    May 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I really like it when you represent diverse people on your blog.

    I'm always so afraid you'll just showcase the fashionistas and forget about the true gems.

    This shot is very inspiring! Thank you!

  2. I V E S T I T I !

    May 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    She's gotta be a cool lady…

    I V E S T I T I !


    May 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    She is a beautiful lady! Love the sparkles. x

  4. triompho di pigrizzia

    May 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    It is so inspiring to see such a beautiful elder lady that is so creative with her look

  5. The Photodiarist

    May 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    a nice way to add "diamonds" to one's look!

  6. MJCK

    May 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Wow, I would love to have her as my sparkling grandmother…

  7. nadia

    May 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    i have to say i love this shot very much- such emotion in it. i am drawn to her. that she uses sparkle to do so much yet is able to keep it simple is perfection and that it compliments the hemming of her scarf is also intriguing.

    i love that you stopped her, i love evem more the way you captured a feeling.

  8. Laura

    May 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Or her granddaughter hugged her goodbye…

  9. joanaddicted

    May 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Not only chic, but beautiful too..

  10. Daniel

    May 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    A very interesting old lady! Very elegant.
    Let's grow up later

  11. Annie Hamman

    May 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    The way you photograph people makes me feel like I already know them, or they remind me of someone I love. There is immediate connection and emotinal response. This photo is amazing. I keep looking at it.

  12. ColorHater

    May 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I wish I will look like her at her age… I like her scarf :)

  13. katherinemcconnellclothing

    May 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Such a classic beauty. I hope I have this much sparkle in my golden years.
    Katherine McConnell Clothing

  14. Henri

    May 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I like the polka-dot scarf.

  15. Anonymous

    May 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    And this woman wears a faliero sarti scarf…really very elegant!

  16. making it happen

    May 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    i love looking at the faces of older women and imagining what their face looked like when they were younger – some faces are easier to tell than others, hers you can just imagine the chic life she led as a young girl, and still does today

  17. Karolina

    May 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm


  18. Ellie

    May 3, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Love it! She hasn't lost that sparkle indeed.

  19. Katnani

    May 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Gosh, such an amazing woman! <3 So nice to see diversity in a world craving for newer and newer people… You only see teens right now! So, this is really FRESH!

  20. TheFashionAddict

    May 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    everyone needs a little sparkle in their life

  21. Emily

    May 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    This is so lovely in so many ways!

  22. fresia

    May 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I love too much your sense of beauty, Mr Scott!

  23. Maria Evans

    May 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    What a beautiful woman! She reminds me my grandma.


  24. Bianca

    May 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

  25. Liya

    May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    you are probably the only street style blogger out there who posts photos like these and I absolutely love them. I find them inspirational.. My favourite one is "Mi Bruta" shot in Milano

  26. menina raposa

    May 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    it's an amazing picture… how lovely !

  27. Aimes

    May 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I love it! I also love the fact that her eyelashes are curled as well…..

  28. Sedamar Esaki

    May 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

  29. v

    May 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    LOVE them.
    and here i worry that my love of sparkles, even now in my 30s, is somehow not age appropriate. they're so unexpected and i imagine gave her much joy as she rubbed them on.

  30. dodz

    May 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I loved her salt & pepper hair. cool huh!

  31. Jane

    May 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    A romantic thought to think it intentional, but my instincts guide me to believe that this gorgeous lady makes toys, dolls or perhaps craft of somekind and the glitter/sparkles are lovingly placed by mistake…. Still a magical moment captured <3.

  32. natasha

    May 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    You manage to catch beauty in the most unexpected places and this is why I love your work. x

  33. Pam

    May 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    This lovely woman is also wearing a wonderful light pink/mauve lipstick. She reminds me of my mother – beautiful forever.

  34. rottenfish

    May 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    very much like the way you put it…always love your sense of beauty.

  35. BJB

    May 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Why is a smudge of glitter on an earlobe chic or fashionable?

  36. TheMinx

    May 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I adore this. There is something very poignant about this shot, and the sparkles.

  37. Sarah

    May 3, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I would like to be like her when I grow up.

  38. Nadine2point0

    May 3, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Beautiful close-up – in her younger years, her eyes would have sparkled even more!

  39. SarahPeslar

    May 4, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I see the sparkle you are crying to catch :)

  40. Anna

    May 4, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Wow, this is amazing. Your photos are inspiring, and capture the mood and tone of the person. I love how close up this picture is and that I can see the soft wrinkles of her face..

  41. litlstrawberry

    May 4, 2010 at 2:37 am

    She looks like THE most adorable grandma to me!!! :)

  42. *DIED*

    May 4, 2010 at 3:04 am

    I am very inspired by your new style of shooting the pictures! And the subjects are going beyond the stylish girl with the it-bag.

    I think true fashion is the real life with all its defects!

  43. Shoelosophy

    May 4, 2010 at 3:43 am

    What a sweet surprise. The subtlety and charm is so lovely.. and tres chic.

  44. Gasell

    May 4, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Her facial expression makes this image look like a modern painting. She seems very interesting. The sparkle idea is so cool.

  45. Aimée

    May 4, 2010 at 4:07 am

    I'm impressed. I've never seen anything like that!She's also wearing mascara and the lovely scarf. I can understand the sparkle on the cheeks but…the earlobe? I wish I could know why she decided to do that…innovation? an old make-up trick from when she was young?

  46. bird of light

    May 4, 2010 at 4:26 am

    cute, I must say ;)

  47. chiara

    May 4, 2010 at 4:46 am

    she's the living proof that a woman can be beautyful, chic and lovely with a lined face and grey hair.
    no botox, no lifting, no hair-dye for this lady.
    and I think she's got more charm than all those plastic dolls in hollywood.

  48. Le Petit Monica

    May 4, 2010 at 5:12 am

    I love this blog!!

  49. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 5:29 am

    The scarf is tied in an impressive fashion.

  50. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    May 4, 2010 at 5:47 am

    She is truly a beautiful woman.

    I love that she has not Botoxed her life experience away.

  51. Andrew

    May 4, 2010 at 6:22 am

    I'm going to try this myself later !

  52. diana says louder, please

    May 4, 2010 at 6:29 am

    This is an incredibly beautiful photograph; the expression on her face is arresting, i truly can't stop staring, feeling like i'm being allowed a window to her life and feelings and thoughts. Thank you/

  53. Graham Hutson

    May 4, 2010 at 6:44 am

  54. AnastasiaC

    May 4, 2010 at 7:46 am

    definetely agree Sart – very chic indeed!! love the soft folds in her face as she's aged so gracefully…and I also love that she still has a hint of gloss and mascara on her face…beautiful natural shot!

  55. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 8:33 am

    What a beautiful, beautiful lady…so gracious in her maturity and a great sense of fun with her sparkle! It brightened my day!!

  56. KatieA

    May 4, 2010 at 8:36 am

    What a beautiful woman, you can see the soul in her eyes and the youth in her heart. She is just so real.

  57. Catherine

    May 4, 2010 at 8:45 am

    It looks like this lady may have been playing with her grand-kids who were drawing and playing with glitter. She was helping them and accidentally put her hands on her cheek and her earlobe.

  58. Petey

    May 4, 2010 at 8:47 am

    She reminds me of my grandma who, at the age of 84, told me she regretted never getting that tattoo of a butterfly on her shoulder!

  59. Neve

    May 4, 2010 at 8:53 am

    this woman is the embodiment of how to age gracefully. and i love her scarf.

  60. Kathleen

    May 4, 2010 at 9:47 am

    This is a beautiful portrait. I love to see older people featured, they have so much to offer us. Look at her lovely scarf and gentle face. And yes, the sparkle!

  61. Las Lolicas

    May 4, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I like so much your blog, and all the outfits from people!!!


  62. Gerardo

    May 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Me encanta la gente que tiene, esa gracia tan especial, que sobretodo lo da los a

  63. proletarian Great Gatsby

    May 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Yes, she is chic and she proves that chic has no age.Discret charm.

  64. AmbiCoco

    May 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I love this woman! I am vowing to be like her when I'm at her age! Sparkles – such a little thought but so effective! :-)


  65. Sophia

    May 4, 2010 at 10:44 am

    There's so much beauty in embracing your age but being young at heart. This shot is wonderful!

  66. Fabio LE CALZATURE

    May 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

    L'espressione di questo viso dice piu che mille parole… Bellissima foto.

  67. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

    the sparkles are intentional .. they're not art and craft sparkles. they are sparkly moisturiser, can get them from bodyshop amongst other places.

    that and the hint of mascara… not many commented on that … her eyelashes just stand out ..

    she must've been so gorgeous in her younger days. she still is now!

  68. viejecita

    May 4, 2010 at 11:32 am

    You've done it Again.

  69. taryn

    May 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Beautiful woman.
    and a very strategically and well tied scarf!


  70. pinky

    May 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    looks like she sporting mascara too.
    Very cool.

  71. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    She doesn't look like she's enjoying getting her picture taken that close…

  72. SyntheticElegance

    May 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    When I grow up even more, I want to be just like her. My kindof grandma, so lovely.

  73. Lou

    May 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Not just chic, she's got an ageless, playful spirit and it shows on her face: the sparkle and the fun yet subtle makeup (eyebrows, lashes, gloss on lips), her eyes, the softness of her skin, her expressive mouth. She is a cool cat and I suspect she's actually an artist (or at least an artist of life). Thanks Scott, you do have a unique eye for beauty.

  74. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Also is that silver thread on the edge of her scarf? She's beautiful.

  75. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I too love this photo, proving that a woman can still be attractive at any age. I do, however, cringe at all the comments about 'grandmas'. Why grandmas? I know, I know, the age gap.

  76. may

    May 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    she is just perfect :)

  77. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    This IS Italy!!!!!

  78. veronika, tick tock vintage.

    May 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm


  79. Beth Ruby

    May 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Definitely going to take inspiration from this and put a bit of glitter on my own ears instead of earrings.
    What a fabulous lady.

  80. Fanya

    May 4, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    really? When I see the title the first thing I noticed was the sparkle on her teeth, unless it's my computer playing tricks on me.

  81. Candice Tarnowski

    May 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    For me this is the most beautiful image I've ever seen on your blog. And I'm smitten with many of them.
    Thank you.
    More please.

  82. Poivre Monkey

    May 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    This lady is class

  83. Prutha

    May 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

  84. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    The glimpse of her gold tooth matches the sparkle on her cheeks and earlobes.

  85. Sara

    May 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

  86. klara

    May 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    so lovely picture this one… i

  87. the nickel fit

    May 4, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    great shot.

  88. Yoli

    May 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Very intimate, very touching.

  89. Kelly.89.NY

    May 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I noticed the smudge on the ear first..

  90. kathrynnova

    May 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    with all the hair-dye in the world and our obsession with youth (which is as old as the hills) i seldom see anyone with salt and pepper hair. i don't think it looks bad – quite the contrary, when worn well it looks amazing!!! and those who pass on the dye are the real mavericks.

    when i get old i want to wear my silver hair with confidence – it will be fantastic!

  91. Emma

    May 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I didn't even notice the sparkle on her cheeks until you mentioned it. Reading further, you pointed out the sparkle on the lady's earlobe – again, I hadn't noticed it. Subtlety is chic. What an inspiring picture.

  92. Andrée

    May 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Are you sure she made it on purpose ?
    Anyway, that's cute on her, i remember my grandma doing things like that

  93. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I am getting near her age, and i have accepted aging as it comes. wonderful freedom in that. like this beautiful aristocratic lady, I enjoy spending time putting my outfit together. i always try to add just a dab of sparkle to my classic approach (although i never thought to do it literally) such fun. lovely women such as she are my models.

    i was wondering if she had first applied the sparkle to her fingers to apply to her checks and then in the decision to wear earings or not, a little fairy dust was inadvertantly left for all to enjoy…be inspired by..on her earlobe? Just lovely

    Scott, this is amongst your very, very best. so moving. Thank you and Keep 'em coming!

  94. WoodStu

    May 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    She looks like she has a fantastic life story to tell..


    May 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    she looks happy about her life.


  96. Anonymous

    May 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Love this kind of photos!

  97.  kotto

    May 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I like …

  98. Design Darling

    May 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    this is one of my favorites you've ever posted. she is too darling for words.

  99. Judith

    May 4, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    ..and the touch of sparkle of the gold tooth. LOVE the earlobe sparkle, even if it is accidental.

  100. beths

    May 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    So much love and subtlety in this shot, so close to the face, and not necessarily the most conventionally flattering angle. The earlobe and eyelashes and chin tilt–divine!

  101. brightlightsbigcity

    May 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    that's so awsome! i love the shot

  102. Studded Rose

    May 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    ohh that is just so gorgeous. Im glad my nan is just as stylish x

  103. leanne

    May 4, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    She's beautiful.

  104. Mo

    May 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm

  105. inkwell

    May 5, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Love the sparkle of her gold tooth, too.

  106. Anonymous

    May 5, 2010 at 2:25 am

    okay here goes! hope what the following i say/write makes sense cos it 2.20 in the morning and i have a few jars on me but as usual I have to check in with the sart.
    This 'foto is dope. It is hands down my new fave and the other one that was a fave before it was on the cover of Sart's book was the Julia one. hope you get my gist and don't edit the sincere and earnest and just a tad bit merry.

  107. Anonymous

    May 5, 2010 at 4:25 am

    When we were kids we'd play "beauty parlor" with my Babcia… we'd put lotion & powder on her face, braid her hair, and generally fuss over her. I can picture this woman doing the same with her grandchildren–and being perfectly happy to wear the result out in public.

    In the end, no matter who added the fairy dust, she looks great!

  108. Jacqueline

    May 5, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Besides the sparkle I don't think I have ever seen an elderly Lady with mascara… gives her such a bright and young touch!

  109. Anonymous

    May 5, 2010 at 9:18 am

    true elegance.

  110. Davidikus

    May 5, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Are the sparkle very Milanese? I thought skying glasses and furs were for a lady her age! Great look in any case, I definitely love that scarf. It would go well with one of my Molyneux ties (a.o remembers Molyneux?)

  111. SPEETway

    May 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Italians do it better!!!

  112. Cherry Arceo

    May 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I can only imagine how she was, back in the days when she was still young. The sparkle is just so chic, but I really love her eye lashes too!

  113. Izzen

    May 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Haha, very chic indeed!

  114. V.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I like the hint of sparkle of her gold tooth. ;)

  115. Allie

    May 5, 2010 at 11:42 am

    She is beyond fabulous. Anyone with that kind of spirit at her age should be commended – and duly photographed :-)

  116. men's t-shirts

    May 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    More effortless style!

  117. Nancy

    May 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    There is such an elegance in Milan! I am currently working on project photographing style elegance in the streets of Milan!

  118. elle

    May 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Well, she is a beautiful lady! And Milan is just Milan, which – even to an Italian, non-Milanese like me – means elegance taken to the limit!!!

  119. Mood de Luna

    May 6, 2010 at 1:27 am

    A well dose of inspiration ! thank you to share it !! Wonderful woman

  120. Caddy

    May 6, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Love the unexpectedness of that sparkle!!

  121. Agraule

    May 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

    A beautiful portrait of a beautiful woman. Sparkles on her cheek, earlobe, tooth, and in the hint of a sophisticated smile… I'd like to listen to her telling her story.

  122. The Clever Pup

    May 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    This is very interesting. When I was 12 back in 1974 I was reading a Seventeen magazine article about girls at the Sorbonne. I will always remember the one girl with lots of scarves who added sparkle to Noxema and wore it on her cheekbones. Been hooked on Paris Street fashion ever since.

  123. pocito

    May 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    And look at the way she wears her scarf – is that a Milanese trick? I remember the guy in the film … was it in March?

  124. MlleV

    May 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    There's nothing like the visual surprise … they rarely occur except here on your blog. She is lovely and stylish in so many ways … even sans glitter.

  125. candy

    May 10, 2010 at 7:04 am

    what a lovely whimsical lady :

  126. Anonymous

    May 10, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Out here in Oregon are so many beautiful women who aren't dyeing their hair and there are amazing colors of silver, salt and pepper….come out and photograph…
    Ashland is full of us : )

  127. compulsively compiled

    May 12, 2010 at 12:08 am

    filing this photo as a reminder to myself. so that i can look at it many years from now and see that there is nothing wrong with growing old as long as it's done gracefully and a bit of sparkle.

  128. Anonymous

    May 13, 2010 at 10:48 am

    beutiful teeth!

  129. regina wRites

    May 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    adore the feeling evoked from this moment. amazing shot.

  130. Re

    May 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Just loved this picture! Pure poetry sweet lady look!!!

  131. tanya

    May 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    As chic as she could get. But I think she also gets some credit for her styling of the polka-dotted scarf! *

  132. Carla

    May 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    nothing like a glitter granny is there?

  133. Zbarsky

    July 3, 2010 at 5:23 am

    this is so precious. images like these remind me why I am in love with photography

  134. Jessiker

    October 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    haha she's soo cool

  135. Helvia

    November 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    A truly italiana! :) Her naturally sparkling eyes, her skin, her scarf and her golden tooth ;)

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